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Tomb guardian: C.236-1918

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Unglazed mould made, white earthenware tomb guardian. With a human face and animal body, sitting in a dog like position, with traces of white slip and red-orange, red, and black paint. A single horn grows from the head, with two fin like projections on the spine


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Julius Spier, Esq

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1917) by Spier, Julius


T’ang Dynasty (618-906)
618 CE - 906 CE

Components of the work

Traces composed of paint slip

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Slip coating
Mould made

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.236-1918
Primary reference Number: 138217
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 4 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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